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The Lowdown on Ultra4 Racing's King of the Hammers 2021

The off-road racing season kicks off at the 2021 Optima Batteries King of the Hammers Presented by Lasernut. Dubbed The Ultimate Desert Race; KOH one of the most grueling one-day off-road races. Starting over a decade ago, it has since turned into a week-long gathering of off-road racers and enthusiasts culminating with the 4400 class King of the Hammers race on Saturday, February 6th. 

Vaughn Gittin Jr. racing during Qualifying Ultra4 King of the Hammers 2021

2020 Recap

Last year’s event saw Josh Blyer win KOH for the first time in his racing career. It was also the first time since 2016 that a 4400 with solid front axle suspension took home the win.

Josh Blyler racing 2020 King of the Hammers

The race covers over 160 miles of open desert that transitions into gnarly rock crawling sections. The diverse terrain brought together means that the 4400 vehicles are built for power in the open desert, but geared for rock crawling to combine all that off-roading has to offer in one big race. 

Learn about Josh Byler’s 2020 KOH win

Looking Towards 2021

In the past; KOH has brought together over 70,000 people in Johnson Valley, California. Of course, 2021 is going to look a little different out in the dirt. As 2021 approached; the team at Ultra4 and KOH sought to create a safe desert off-road "bubble." Racers and spectators will have to show negative COVID-19 test results before being allowed entrance into Hammertown.

  Bryan Crofts Qualifying at Ultra4 Racing King of the Hammers

A week full of races and events are planned; including the Holley EFI Shootout, Every Man Challenge, and King of the Motos culminating on Saturday, February 6th with the 4400 class race that will crown the next King of the Hammers.

Loren Healy qualifying at 2021 Ultra4 King of the Hammers

Watch KOH Live

If you are not able to make the trip out yourself, the best way to see the action and the finish line is by experiencing King of the Hammers virtually via their Livestream. 

Watch the 2021 Optima Batteries King of the Hammers Livestream

Stay up to date on the latest scoring and race results

  Wayland Campbell racing 2021 Ultra4 King of the Hammers Qualifying

Qualifiers to Watch

Each year, nearly 100 drivers sign up with the hopes of conquering the desert and being crowned King. The number of those that actually finish the race before the 14-hour time limit is even less...

JP Gomez racing 2021 King of the Hammers Ultra4 Qualifying

Here are your Top 20 Qualifiers & Starting Positions for this year’s King of the Hammers:

  1. JP Gomez
  2. Jason Scherer - 2009, 2018, 2019 KOH Winner
  3. Bryan Crofts
  4. Cameron Steele
  5. Brian Caprara
  6. Wayland Campbell
  7. Loren Healy - 2010, 2014 KOH Winner
  8. Paul Horschel
  9. Raul Gomez
  10. Tom Wayes
  11. Cody Miller
  12. Levi Shirley
  13. Shannon Campbell - 2008, 2011, 2017 KOH Winner
  14. Jordan Pellegrino
  15. Darian Gomez
  16. Hunter Miller
  17. Josh Byler - 2020 KOH Winner
  18. Bailey Cole
  19. Chayse Caprara
  20. Erik Miller 2012, 2016 KOH Winner
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